My wife and I stayed at Aia Mattonata for 3 nights in late May. Our plan was to explore Siena and the surrounding hill towns but hopefully have more than a 'hotel room' to return to in the evenings or if we wanted a slow morning start. Aia Mattonata couldn't have been better! It is a wonderful spot and added greatly to our Siena visit -- it took less than 10 minutes by car to be inside the Siena city walls or to jump on the main roads leading to the area's hill towns (and auto parking is included in the room cost!).
We saw more, and relaxed more, because of the capable help and generous amenities that owners, Elisabetta and Mario, provide. They do not only the big things needed to make their property first-rate (getting us a tomtom gps system when Europcar could not), but many many small things as well. The kinds of things you often wish were offered but usually are not -- such as small snacks of fruit/crackers/cookies and a variety of beverages being always available for self service, and a lovely shared sitting room stocked not only with great books but also with after-dinner liquor for a complimentary small night-cap! Mention an interest or area you are thinking about, and Mario has a recent hard-cover edition he'll quickly locate and insist you borrow for your stay.
Our room was exactly as depicted online. It was very nice, as were the other ones we got a peek at. Plenty of space, and outfitted with quality fixtures, linens, towels, soaps and shampoos, etc (I think Elisabetta tries everything out first to make sure it not only meets but exceeds what she is hoping to find when she travels!).
The staff is EXCELLENT. Friendly, competent individuals and all of them genuinely pleasant. And all of them clearly looking to make a guest's visit comfortable and enjoyable. Hat's off to all of them!
The grounds are very well maintained and extremely pleasant. It was not quite warm enough for a swim during our stay, but the beautiful pool and luxury lounges looked more inviting in person than the website photos.
The included breakfasts were the best we had in Italy, and provided about everything you could want. If you can't find lots of good things to eat from their +12 foot long serving table you simply must not really be hungry. If that's the case, you'll likely be content with having one of their excellent teas or cappuccinos!
In the future if we are ever within 20, no make that 50!, Kilometers of Siena we know exactly where we will stay - Aia Mattonata and are happy to recommend it to others.
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